May 23rd, 2013
Flickr recently changed, and users of internet service providers Philadelphia and other ISPs didn’t like it, to say the least. Negative comments abounded in reaction to the site’s new layout and look, which included 1TB of free storage space per user and a photo stream page. Retribution was quick from users, who took to the site’s help forum to beg for the site to return to its old look and functionality.
While user outcry is nothing new, this reaction turned out to be overwhelming, which left Yahoo in a bind as to what to do. The company released a statement which said, among other things that it values how much Flickr users care about the site, and that it understands that there were a lot of changes made to the site at one time. While Yahoo didn’t appear to have plans to revert to the old Flickr, it did say that it will be making continuous improvements based on user feedback.
May 3rd, 2013
It’s called Xfinity Asia, and it’s going to provide to be the premier way for customers to access Asian-Pacific content from several sources. This latest in Comcast specials was announced by the company earlier this week, and offer many advantages to customers wanting more availability with their Asian-Pacific content. And, the content will be available across Xfinity platforms, reaching not only televisions, but mobile devices and the internet, as well as being made available for On Demand viewing.
Online, the Asian-Pacific web site will offer information in the form of blogs, programming information and news to the community. In addition to the above, the web site also offers viewing of documentaries, films, sports, music and more, all featuring popular entertainers from the Asian-Pacific community. Some notable personalities whose works are featured include Ang Lee, Frank Abe, Mira Nair and Debbie Lum.
April 5th, 2013
Big news out of Buzzfeed this week: any private messages you have sent via Facebook using internet service providers San Francisco could be being not only read, but posted elsewhere. According to the site, Facebook has an employee team who will read any private messages that have been flagged by their automated tool. The tool itself conducts a search for any text that constitutes a TOS violation, such as infected URLs or child exploitation.
But nothing is perfect, which is why many messages need to be reviewed by human eyes to ensure they really do contain inappropriate or dangerous material. Other sites employ this strategy, but use teams made up of site users and moderators. And sometimes, these users and moderators save images of these messages onto their computers, and then share them publicly.
March 29th, 2013
High speed internet in the form of Ultra-Fast Broadband, or UFB will begin being offered to schools, businesses and consumers in New Zealand. This move is just the latest for New Zealand government, who has been making continual progress with the project. Toward the end of last year, the country reported that 100,000 homes, schools and businesses were able to connect to the network, which was about a 30,000 increase since the country’s August 2012 report.
Customers taking advantage of the UltraFibre service will enjoy free installation, as long as their wiring isn’t connected to an aerial telephone pole. They will also receive landline rental, fiber modem and a security suite from McAfee, among other goodies. Residential plans are offered at 30 Mbps and 100 Mbps.
March 22nd, 2013
ISOHunt is the latest torrent site to lose its battle with the courts. Yesterday morning, a panel of three judges found that the site and its founder Gary Fung induced Clear Wireless and other internet users illegally to swap copyrighted files. The litigation took seven years, but many finally result in the site making some serious filtering changes. However, those changes may not take place, as the site owner was ordered in 2010 to filter search terms according to lists he received from companies, and did not.
Of the content on the ISOHunt site, judges suspect that up to 96% of it was highly likely of infringing on copyright. The judges also said that Fung had all sort of knowledge that raised red flags about the activity that was going on at the site.
March 15th, 2013
The former Qwest DSL announced a new advertising campaign earlier this week. Centurylink will place the focus on several features of its service, including its cloud capabilities and managed hosting. The company plans to advertise on television, online and in print. CenturyLink’s aim will be to highlight its offerings to businesses looking for IT, cloud computing and global broadband solutions.
However, experts opine that the move will end up costing the company money, as the campaign will not be cost-effective. This extra financial strain could increase its operating costs and ultimately lead to lower profits. However, the company’s continued delivering of residential broadband, voice and entertainment services is something it can consider to be of financial benefit. The fact that the company continues to expand its service and complete fiber buildouts is another advantage.
February 6th, 2013
According to a number of reports, there are many teens from low-income families who are resorting to the free Wi-Fi from restaurants to complete their homework. In fact, one third of teens in the United State have no internet connection from dial-up, cable, fiber, satellite or DSL providers. Given these statistics, many leaders in politics have argued that money is needed as soon as possible in order to bridge this gap.
But where should the money come from? Many are saying that content providers like Facebook and Netflix should be footing the bill via a tax. Once again, happenings in Europe are providing some valuable insight as to the answer to this question. It’s been observed that the political leaders there are increasingly arguing that yes, content providers should be financially responsible. Many are saying that the perfect time to discuss the onus of closing the digital divide is now, as many are discussing tax reform in Congress now.
February 5th, 2013
Living in the country can mean great scenery and as much privacy as you can handle. But it can also mean slow internet. Of course, you may not be able to get land-line internet access if you live out of town, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with a slow or no connection. One option is to get online with satellite internet via a number of providers. Purchasing or leasing satellite equipment will be a necessity for this option, but if you can get past the initial cost, you’ll find that satellite is hundreds of times faster than a dial-up connection.
The same is true for wireless internet. Although many areas are still without Wi-Fi hot spots, the number is growing, and your area may be next for this technology. To find out whether or not you can get wireless coverage where you are, you can contact the ISPs in your area. If you do have access, all that may be needed is for you to place in antenna on your roof to get a signal.
February 4th, 2013
How do Americans feel about the legitimacy of the advertising by internet service providers Sacramento and other companies? That’s hard to say, considering a survey has yet to be conducted. But some interesting numbers are coming out of the United Kingdom with regard to how consumers feel about their ISP advertising. Almost one hundred percent of customers surveyed about the advertising by big internet providers said these ads were misleading.
Overall, 75% of respondents said that the subject most lied about in internet provider ads was with regard to the speed and performance of connections. What’s most interesting about this survey is that it was conducted one year after new rules were announced by the country’s Advertising Standards Authority to curb the misleading promotions. In addition to answering questions about ISPs, the survey respondents also opined that the ASA should be given more authority to punish misleading advertisers.
February 1st, 2013
The director of the Center for Copyright Information released a statement in order to respond to press reports that the proposed ‘six strikes’ law would hurt the public Wi-Fi connections being offered in areas such as restaurants and coffee shops. Jill Lesser’s response was that these public areas would be excluded from the six strikes policy, unlike internet service providers St Louis.
However, this explanation isn’t all cut and dried, either. This is because a popular chain will have business-class internet, where smaller establishments may not. The policy assumes that all businesses will have the former connection type, which could very well mean that all other types of connections will be considered fair game for the six strikes policy. The policy involves six stages of graduated warnings, from subtle messages in the beginning to the throttling of internet speeds if repeat copyright infringers who download and share material do not cease their activity.
January 31st, 2013
No, that wasn’t a typo; if you’re a Verizon customer with a wireless phone, then you already know how important this device is. In fact, a smart phone has become such an essential part of our daily lives, that some surveyed said they would leave their wallet at home before they left their phone! Now, one of the most popular internet service providers Philadelphia is allowing customers to personalize their devices even further.
**me is a way for Verizon subscribers to create their own personalized mobile phone number. Those who are interested can do this by using just about anything, from a Twitter handle to their favorite color. Additional features include texting callers when you can’t answer your phone and sharing links to a social media account or blog. Small businesses can also take advantage of the personalized numbers, which helps them greatly reduce the number of keys customers press when calling for service.
January 30th, 2013
Many of the wireless internet service providers San Jose struggle with how to improve their bandwidth, especially when their network seems to be getting overcrowded. One company has discovered that using small cells can offer customers the ability to connect perfectly, even where they would previously experience dropped calls and dead zones. The company is AT&T, and they tested the small cell solution in a two areas in Missouri and Wisconsin.
In Missouri, it was discovered that small cells were able to increase traffic by seventeen percent and bring the usability in outdoor areas to almost one hundred percent. The Wisconsin location was a building containing a number of dead zones. In this area, the small cell test was able to all but completely eliminate dropped calls, while restoring almost 100% usability.
January 17th, 2013
When you think about outsourcing, you may picture a company wanting to get its work done for a lower cost than using in-house employees. But a man in the United States who worked as a programmer decided to give outsourcing a try – on his own job. The employee, who was earning a six-figure salary at his place of employment spent about $50,000 to hire a Chinese firm to do his job for him.
But what did the employee do with all that free time? According to some reports, his mornings were spent watching cat videos on YouTube. After lunch, it was a lengthy stint at Ebay before the commute home. The employee was caught when his employer discovered that their computer systems were being accessed from China, and then began taking steps to investigate for hackers.
January 4th, 2013
If you want to watch online content via your connection with internet service providers Orlando, then you will need an HDMI cable. This cable runs from your computer to the back of your TV. Besides having a TV that supports HDMI, there are a number of different HDMI cable versions available, which can be confusing if you don’t know anything about them. Basically, there is the Standard Automotive, Standard HDMI and High Speed HDMI.
For the home, the best cables to use are the Standard or High Speed HDMI. But it’s important to ensure that this cable has the HDMI 1.4 specification, as this will allow for 1080i and 720p video support. The High Speed HDMI cable will work best if you have a television that supports resolutions higher than 1080p, as well as 3D televisions and display technologies like Deep Color.
December 20th, 2012
If you’re looking into signing up with a new internet provider, you may have considered a WISP, or wireless internet service provider. There may be lots of choice among the internet service providers Salt Lake City, so how do you know if a WISP is right for you?
Basically, the only way to know is to determine what you use the internet for, and whether or not you want your connection to travel with you. Wireless ISPs offer not only an internet connection, but Voice-Over IP as well, meaning that you can get phone service in addition to internet with a wireless internet service provider. A WISP may be a good idea in an area where other land-based forms of internet are not available. However, this doesn’t mean that a WISP will get you less speed, as these connections can now compete with other internet types such as fiber optic in terms of speed.
October 19th, 2012
October 18th, 2012
That’s a hard question to answer, although one would hope not. But there are vulnerabilities present in many hospital computers that could easily be accessed and exploited through internet providers in my area. The problem with hospital computers is that they are often run on very old versions of Windows. And because any upgrades or patches may warrant a resubmission to the FDA, many of these systems are never altered, leaving them wide open to attack.
At present, malware seems to be an issue in some wards. The software can significantly slow a system down, rendering it unable to properly record patient data. Help may be on the way for old hospital computer system, however. This issue was the topic of a recent panel discussion of an information security board just last week.
October 17th, 2012
Unless you are a techie, it might be quite a chore to set up wireless internet in your home. If you’re on the fence, thinking about why you want a wireless setup is a good place to start. Is it something that will actually benefit everyone in your household? What kind of investment of time or money will be needed to bring the wireless experience to every room in your home? These are just some of the things to think about.
Once you’ve decided on setting up your wireless internet, you’ll have to understand in which ways it works best. For instance, you’ll need to ensure that your wireless router is as close to the center part of your home as possible, so that the largest number of rooms can enjoy the wireless connection.
October 16th, 2012
Did we just go back in time 40 years? No, this isn’t 1972; it’s 2012. Polyester clothing is out of style, but thankfully, vinyl records aren’t. As such, the market for turntables is booming. LPs can be found at just about every thrift store and garage sale for next to nothing. And if you have nothing to play them on, worry not.
Solid construction is key when choosing the right turntable. Stay away from used ones unless you can test them before you buy. When buying new, be prepared to spend around three to four hundred dollars. Check to see whether a phono cartridge has already been installed; if not, expect to pay around $40 for one. And remember; even the best turntable won’t sound right if it’s on an uneven surface.
October 15th, 2012
You may not think there’s much more going on when you use your internet service providers connection to get on Google than the algorithms that bring you your search results. But the FTC is saying that the search giant is harming its rivals.
80% of FTC commissioners are saying that Google used its top search provider status illegally to get at its competition. What’s next on the agenda? Apparently, a staff memo is currently being prepared, and will be suggesting that the government sue Google for its actions.
And Google appears to be cooperating at this point, stating that will be happy to answer any regulator questions. Apparently the company’s past turns in front of the government are assisting it with the handling of this latest inquiry.
October 12th, 2012
When you’re trying to tighten your belt, you may have wondered whether buying your next smart phone second-hand is a smart move. True, it can save you money, but are there other risks you should be aware of before you buy? As with every other purchase we make, absolutely.
Refurbished phones can be cheap, but they can come with their own set of issues, such as not being able to hold a charge or otherwise not functioning properly as the result of actions by the previous owner. So if you need your phone for long periods during the day, this may not be an option.
If your refurbished phone is still under contract with mobile Internet Service Providers San Francisco, you could be risking a complete inability to use it if the former owner has abandoned their responsibility to keep up the payments. Cell companies will blacklist phones, or block them from accessing mobile networks.
October 11th, 2012
If you’re in the market for a PMP, or portable music player, then you have quite the task ahead of you. Going online using Internet Service Providers Washington DC will reveal that there are PMPs for every personality, from occasional music listener to audiophile. And if that wasn’t bad enough, each has features that you may or may not want, making paying for only what you need difficult.
Style or Function?
If you just want a device that does what it says it will do when you need it to, then you may end up with a low to mid-range PMP without a lot of bells and whistles. So think iPod Shuffle or even Nano if this is the case.
If you like to look good while you do what you do, you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of pretty PMP options. However you can expect to pay more for the looks and features that some of these PMPs, such as the Zune HD include. But you may also find good value in lesser-known brands.
May 25th, 2012
You may have seen the term ‘meme’ being used on blogs and discussion boards around the internet. But what is a meme? Well, it rhymes with ‘seem’, and is an image that, when shared with others over networking and social media sites or any other online manner, can spread virally for fast possible internet fame if it’s something that is liked by many.
How To Create A Memorable Meme
The good news is, if you are ready to go viral, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. There are several popular memes that you can create.
Any experience that can be put to the scene of a movie can become a meme. Simply find a screen shot of your desired scene, add text, and share.
Captioning is probably the most popular meme of all. Whether it’s a photo taken by one of your friends or something you found online, captions can result in lots of laughter. And the more clever they are, the more they may be likely to go viral.
Social memes can have real personality. All you have to do is do something in a location where that something isn’t usually done, and voila; internet popularity.
May 23rd, 2012
A lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan today which alleges that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other defendants hid a pronounced reduction in revenue growth forecasts from investors. A similar suit was filed on Tuesday by an investor, but via a California state court. The controversy centers around the process used to notify individuals about the lowered business forecasts. According to shareholders, there were several research analysts at a number of underwriters who did lower their forecasts during the IPO process, but did not announce the changes publicly, choosing instead to disclose the information only to certain investors. As is now well-known, Facebook stock has taken a huge tumble since its IPO launch at the end of last week. As a result, much financial damage has been sustained by investors, who are seeking compensation.
May 21st, 2012
When you need to demonstrate to others how to work software or configure your computer settings, allowing them to see you do it on your own desktop can be a great way for them to learn. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money on the software that IT professionals and other institutions use.
You can run your own screen cast by using ScreenLeap, which provides a unique alternative to using software. A small Java file is downloaded by the host computer, and then a URL can be sent to any screen cast participant. The participants can view the screen cast from any device having internet access, such as a tablet or smart phone. A host user needs only click the “Share your screen now” button on the ScreenLeap home page, give the Java file permission to run and then copy the generated URL.
But before sharing, the host user must specify whether they want to share their whole desktop or just a portion of it. As well, it’s a good idea to close any windows containing information that you don’t want your participants to see.
In addition, it should be noted that some lag between a host’s activity on their screen and the same activity on participant screens will occur, but this may only be a few seconds.
May 18th, 2012
Current reports appear to place Facebook near its IPO price of $38 after opening eleven percent higher and rising to $45. One of the largest IPOs in American history, Facebook earned over eighteen billion dollars in initial trading. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rang the bell remotely from outside Facebook’s California offices at 1 Hacker Way. The event attracted large crowds of onlookers, as well as throngs of photographers, a dozen TV trucks and even a helicopter which hovered overhead. Facebook employees cheered and applauded as Zuckerberg hugged and high-fived his CEO and Nasdaq Chief Executive. Before trading started, University of Notre Dame finance professor Tim Loughran said that he wouldn’t be surprised if Facebook stock started trading at upwards of fifteen percent of its original IPO range. Other experts are expecting Facebook shares to rise to 30 percent or higher today, with some estimating a closing price of $50.
May 16th, 2012
When looking for inspiration for a flyer or web page, you might have seen some really cool fonts online. Problem is, they’re embedded in an image, making them impossible both to identify and to copy. But there’s a way to identify fonts in images at no cost.
Once you have the image you want and have saved it to your computer, open your web browser and visit a site called What Font Is.
Once at the site, upload the image you saved in step one, and be sure to select the right background color for the best possible chance of successful font identification.
Once you click continue, simply follow the instructions by typing in each highlighted letter that you see. After clicking continue for the last time, your results will appear in the window. Once you’ve found the site that offers your desired font for download, you can bookmark it or install the font to save you tons of time in searching online when you need it next time.